Although Northern Lights is their first movie together, Piolo Pascual revealed that he didn’t have a hard time establishing rapport with leading lady Lilieyen “Yen” Santos.
Piolo said, “Si Lilieyen kasi mas marami yung tawa sa buhay niya kaysa sa lungkot, so masarap siya kasama. Tawa lang ng tawa kahit hindi nakakatawa.”
Yen, for her, part was admittedly star-struck over the Kapamilya heartthrob’s good looks to the point that she couldn’t look him in the eye during their initial shooting days.
“Opo, totoo po yun! Kasi sobrang gwapo po nito, ang hirap titigan!
“Siguro pang apat na shooting day dun pa lang ako nakatingin sa kanya ng maayos.
“Nakailang takes po ako kasi nauuna yung kilig,” the former Pinoy Big Brother teen housemate confessed.
Piolo and Yen met with the media for the Northern Lights presscon held at ABS-CBN’s 9501 Restaurant last night, March 1.
Based on the trailer shown during the program proper, Piolo and Yen did a sexy love scene for a crucial part in the movie.
Asked if she was overwhelmed to do intimate scenes with Piolo, Yen replied in between laughs, “Siyempre po pagdating naman sa set very professional…
“Kinaya ko naman po. Hindi naman po maraming takes.”
Piolo explained that the love scene was “tastefully done” with Northern Lights director Dondon Santos at the helm of the movie.
“We really want to cater to the young ones especially kay Raikko, yung edad niya.
“It was Direk Dondon’s concern—to not go overboard especially sa mga eksenang maseselan.
“A lot of it was insinuated. Pero kasi kailangan sa istorya, e.”
Piolo was referring to Raikko Matteo, who plays Piolo’s son in Northern Lights, which will open in cinemas on March 29.
The Kapamilya heartthrob explained why an intimate scene between him and Yen was required in this movie that he co-produced.
“It’s very intense to climax, dun sa story namin, sa journey namin. So, kinakailangan talaga ng ganung moment for them.
“Kapag kasi emotions na yung pinag-uusapan natin, we have to express it. How do you express it to somebody you love, and that somebody happens to want to leave?
“You were both pushed against the wall, so that scene came about.
“Yung mga ganung eksena, cinematic ang execution ng ating magaling na director. Naitawid naman.”
Piolo added that Yen handled their love scene really well.
"Very sensual si Lilieyen. That's one thing I like about her as young as she is.
"Nung time na yun, in fairness to her, hindi naman siya nagtatatawa. Very emotional yung scene, e.
"So it was done in good taste and very intense."
Below are some candid photos of Piolo and Yen during the Northern Lights grand presscon:
Yen noticeably grew self-conscious as Piolo directed his heart-melting gaze at her.
Piolo further teased Yen by staring at her.
Whatever Piolo whispered to Yen, it sure made her laugh heartily.
When quizzed by the entertainment press, the 24-year-old actress could hardly finish her sentences without laughing shyly.